Article originally posted on Blogcritics.
It is pretty rare to see a musician/DJ in the genre of electronic dance release a full-length album, but the best of the bunch can do so, and do it with success. A couple of Tuesdays ago (September 20), producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner did just that and released his first album. It is not a disappointment.
With his first album, Wolfgang invites his listeners to experience his type of weekend. Each song on the album suggests a weekend full of excitement, fun, and scandal. The first song, “Get Em,” features Eve and sets the stage for the album with its addicting beats paired with Eve’s consistent vocals. Although most of Wolfgang’s popular songs have not included vocals, “Get Em” proves that they’re not a bad addition to his beats. Moving into “Spacejunk” allows Wolfgang to incorporate more of his signature deep beats into the album. Songs such as “Spacejunk” and “Menage a Trois” focus completely on Wolfgang’s deep rhythms, beat drops, and synthesizing, allowing Wolfgang to express his true talent. The soon to be hit, “Circus Freaks,” perfectly illustrates Wolfgang’s idea of his weekend in America. Not only does it feature a more upbeat rhythm and extreme synthesizing, but it also speaks to the exact concept of Wolfgang’s weekend with its explicit lyrics describing all the activities taking place.
Let’s take the Weekend in America trip that Wolfgang Gartner intended: the drunken adventure. It starts with your first couple shots – whatever your preference of alcohol is – and, musically, addicting familiar hits that provide a constant bassline and funky beats. Then you start getting a little tipsy and you’re at the point where you can make a fool out of yourself without a care in the world so you move into the songs that outline the perfect party including the lyrics: “All these damn freaks is a fucking circus.” In every weekend, you need a break or rather, you are starting to realize how much you drank; maybe you’re about to puke or rally or you’re not a wimp so you can handle it, and you’re actually going to get more liquor. Wolfgang prepares for this as he lays down “Forever” which is in no way actually slow, but focuses more on the lyrics and less beat drops. Now you’re trashed, but you’re still functioning so Wolfgang makes sure to bring you back into the weekend with more dance hits like “Shrunken Heads” which focuses entirely on the bass, rhythm, and synthesizing. Somewhere along the way, you stumble back to your apartment and pass out which is where the album ends.
On a different note, “818” brings a new sound to Wolfgang Gartner with its darker rhythms and heavier bass drops. It’s not the typical sound that Wolfgang usually delivers, but it will still drag a listener in. The dance anthem of the album, “Illmerica” will have everyone in the club on the dance floor within seconds. By far, this song contains the most addicting beats and synthesizing. It is the exact definition of Wolfgang Gartner. To close the album, and thus end the weekend, “The Champ” starts off calm only to introduce a much-anticipated beat drop. In addition, the song does a fantastic job of closing the album; rather than simply ending on a heavy note, Wolfgang fades out to nothing.
The album features some previously released hits such as “Spacejunk,” “Menege a Trois,” and “Illmerica.” Although long-time fans might be disappointed to not hear as much new material, these songs are necessary in promoting Wolfgang as a producer/DJ to new fans.
Overall, Weekend in America appeals to a wide variety of listeners and is already representing itself in clubs all over. Within seconds of listening, any listener will become addicted and dance along. It is an absolutely successful first album from the already widely acclaimed producer/DJ.
So, Wolfgang Gartner is coming to Madtown, WI yet again for Halloween? YES – October 28, 2011. If you live in Madison, you should obviously be there. Why? Actually, if you’re really thinking “why” in your head, please click the red X in the corner of this window and leave my page because I just summed up in five paragraphs the answer to the question “why.” If you really need a summary then it’s a chance to get drunk, make a fool out of yourself, and listen to some great music. So, check out the Facebook event for information and I would give a plug to the people in charge of it, but I’m too lazy to request permission.